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Collection Number: 04496

Collection Title: Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955

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Size 4.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 1200 items)
Abstract Chiefly correspondence and other material documenting the professional and community service activities of Margaret Taylor Harper, journalist and businesswoman of Southport, N.C. In 1968, Harper became the first woman in North Carolina to seek the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. She ran a strong second in that race, amassing 148,613 votes (22%) and carrying five counties. Included are materials relating to her service on the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and to her work with the North Carolina Council of Women's Organizations.
Creator Harper, Margaret Taylor, 1917
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Margaret Taylor Harper papers #4496, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Margaret Taylor Harper of Southport, North Carolina, in October 1987 and December 1991.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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Margaret Taylor Harper was born in Southport, N.C., 17 February 1917, the daughter of Charles Edward and Jessie Stevens Taylor. In 1937, she received her B.A. from Greensboro College and married James M. Harper, Jr., editor of the State Port Pilot. In addition to working for the Pilot, she operated the Stevens Insurance Agency, a business established in 1890 by her maternal grandfather.

Margaret Harper's interests have been diverse. She has worked in support of numerous community improvement measures, serving on many boards and chairing many committees. Among other activities, she has been secretary treasurer of the North Carolina Press Association and president of North Carolina Democratic Women, North Carolina Press Women, and the North Carolina Federation of Women's Clubs. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations and institutions, including the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she headed several committees. She has received many service and honorary awards.

In 1968, Harper became the first woman in North Carolina to seek the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. She ran a strong second in that race, amassing 148,613 votes (22%) and carrying five counties.

Harper has two sons, James M. Harper III and Edward Taylor Harper, both of whom have been active in journalism.

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Material in this collection reflects Margaret Taylor Harper's diverse activities, both in the professional arena and in community service. The preliminary arrangement uses Harper's folder titles. Biographical information is scattered throughout, especially in folders relating to honors and awards. Folder numbers have not been assigned at this time.

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Contents list

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Box 1

Bicentennial Barge Foundation, 1974-1976 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

Bowles, Hargrave, Jr. (Skipper), 1975-1986 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

Carolina Charter Corporation, 1970-1971 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

Chi Omega Award, 1979 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

Delta Kappa Gamma, 1974-1987 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

Keep North Carolina Beautiful, 1972-1976 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

Mother of the Year, 1965-1966 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

Newspaper Association Managers, Inc., 1969-1977 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

North Carolina Friends of Higher Education, 1986-1987 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

People-to-People, 1977 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

Red Cross, 1964 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

SENClander of the Month, 1970 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1976 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

United Nations Day, 1965 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, 1973-1975 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees, 1976 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Committee on Honorary Degrees, Awards, and Distinctions, 1974-1983 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Continuing Education Center, 1972-1975 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Order of the Tar Heel One Hundred (Board of Visitors), 1974-1984 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Student Health Service Building, 1975 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Taylor, Ferebee, 1980 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Press, 1978-1979 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

Whitfield, J. Vivian, 1958-1965 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

Wilmington College, 1967 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

Women in Communications, Inc., 1978 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

Women's Forum of North Carolina, 1978 #04496, Series: "Margaret Taylor Harper Papers, 1955." Box 1

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse (Addition of December 1991, Acc. 91175).

Materials relating to the North Carolina Council of Women's Organizations, 1955-1991.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Roslyn Holdzkom, February 1988 and December 1991

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Full processing of this collection has been deferred pending expected additions.

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